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Spring has sprung and the sailing world is on fire!  Here are 5 vids for your weekend viewing pleasure.

the young ones

Charleston continues to show its uniqueness, and never mind the huge fleets or sportboat-gathering.  Where else outside the Olympics do you see 20-year old skippers beating up on Grand Prix fleets, and what other regattas have literally hundreds of gorgeous girls in attendance – both on the race course and at the parties?  That’s right – there are none.  Check Petey’s Day 1 highlight reel above.

 

C___ Tease

Do you want to go foiling at the 2015 ICCC Worlds/Little America’s Cup in Lake Geneva, Switzerland?  Well, now you can.  The Canadian build team for the last 3 Little Cups will make it happen for less than you think.  Go check out patersoncomposites.ca for more

 

Wake Me

It’s been a while since anyone did a good wakeboarding-behind-the-boat video, and this one has the added bonus of being shot and edited by one of the most beautiful cat sailors in the world and the longtime SAers aboard the Formula 40 Soma.  

 

Everybody Quant Some

We’re not sure if the DSS system is every really going to be ready for prime time, but the Quant boats are different and quick enough that we’re still watching.  Check it out above.

 

Just In Time

This container ship gives a new meaning to ‘emergency stop’.  Hong Kong, last week, and very close to a bad day.

 

April 12th, 2014 by admin

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With the Speedboat and a pile of Volvo 70s grinding and scraping their way to readiness for the 2013 Sydney-Hobart Race, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI is looking both long in the tooth and a bit iffy for that all-important first-to-finish trophy.  What’s a billionaire to do when his 100′ Super Maxi starts to look old and tired?  There ain’t enough time to build a wider, more powerful boat, and you’ve already added yet another steering appendage up front to go with the canting keel, rudder, and two daggerboards.  Maybe you just need a little more cowbell.

That’s apparently what WOXI skipper Mark Richards thought, and the result is a nearly 3-meter DSS horizontal stability fin.  We’ve seen them before, and they’re performing with varied results, and the consensus is that, for the right boat, the DSS system is pretty damned sweet.  WOXI will test out the new foils next month at Hamilton Island Race Week.

We think this is the biggest DSS deployment yet, and you can bet your sweet ass that, if the Aussie “Swiss Army Knife” works, you’ll see a lot of retrofitting very soon; with the worldwide economy less stable than even Rolex’s sailing future, it’s a lot cheaper to cut a new hole in your boat than it is to build a new one.

There’s one massive problem we can see here:  One big fish or one waterlogged timber is going to tear a hell of a hole in a boat that averages 20 knots and touches 40 regularly.  Do they really need another point of failure?

 

August 14th, 2013 by admin

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